WARREN, MI — Police say a 6-year-old boy was killed execution-style during a double homicide at a home in Warren Thursday, and if the suspect is found, they may seek the death penalty through federal assistance. Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer made the announcement during a press conference Friday.
“If we bring the federal authorities in, we may be asking for the death penalty for the person or persons responsible. I’m not saying we are at this point,” Dwyer said.
The death penalty has been outlawed in Michigan since 1963. However, if the case moves to a federal level, it would open the door for a possible death penalty sentence.
“When you murder a 6-year-old innocent baby, the person or persons responsible deserve the death penalty,” Dwyer said.
The boy has been identified as Tai’raz Moore. He was found in the home in the 2000 block of Otis Avenue near 9 Mile Road with his dead 28-year-old mother, who has not yet been identified. The two were found by police Thursday after Detroit Police tried to make contact with the family of a man found burned beyond recognition in a car in Detroit. Tai’raz is the son of the man found burned in the car in Detroit and his mother was the man’s girlfriend.
When police arrived at the home, no one answered the door, but officers noticed it was cracked open. The Detroit officers called Warren Police for help so they could enter the home. After going inside, they found the bodies of Tai’raz and his mother. Dwyer says the two may have known the person who killed them and it’s possible both the Warren and Detroit murders were drug-related, but that is not known for certain at this point.
Regardless of the reasons, Dwyer says he wants to bring the strongest sentence possible once a suspect or suspects are captured.
“The execution-style killing of a 6-year-old boy is truly evil, unthinkable, senseless and shows no regard for life,” Dwyer said. “Only monsters and godless creatures would pull the trigger on a 6-year-old and execute a child.”
The investigation is ongoing and will continue around the clock according to Dwyer. The department has recovered some evidence already and is canvassing the neighborhood to look for clues and to speak with neighbors about what they may have seen. Some video recovered at the scene is expected to be released later Friday.
Dwyer pleaded with the community to come forward if they know anything about either case.
“There are people that we know should come forward and provide us with the information to arrest the persons responsible. And I would plead with those people that have that information to either contact the Detroit Police Department Homicide Division or the Warren Police Department,” Dwyer said.
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